Today I am on the Blog Tour for Beyond the Funeral and I am here with an interview for you all.
Before I share that though, here’s some information on the book.
Title: Beyond the Funeral Author: Peter Marshall Publisher: Self-Published Published: 18th October 2020 Format: Paperback Source: N/A Summary: “Beyond the Funeral” is a fast-moving spy thriller in which even the Russian secret service is fallible as they are outsmarted by the British and US agencies. A senior Russian diplomat goes on trial in the UK for conspiracy to poison a woman working for the Royal Navy in Portsmouth who had embarked on an on-line romance with a man who turned out to be a spy. He was “The Russian Lieutenant” in the author’s previous book which ended with the funeral of the woman – and now there are the inevitable reprisals by Moscow, including another poisoning attack in Portsmouth.
Along the way, readers will discover Samantha Lord, a new central character who gets her baptism of fire as a CIA operator with two risky assignments –in the first, she flees gunfire from a drug gang in Mexico and in the second she sets out to seek a group of Russian cyber-terrorists in Canada.
Meanwhile, the Russian spy who posed as a naval officer for his on-line “affair” with the British woman is returned to Moscow in a dramatic spy-swap and is reprimanded by the GRU hierarchy … but he then makes an unexpected reappearance at the end of the story.
What is your favourite thing about writing books As a retired journalist, writing keeps my mind active and the favourite moment is always seeing the finished book in print for the first time!
Who is your favourite character in your book and why? The man behind the scenes Tom Spencer, who is my “Deputy Director (Operations) at MI5” -he is the quietly efficient, creative and personable executive who directs the crucial actions in my series of spy stories,
What is your favourite drink to consume while writing? Coffee (white, no sugar)
Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing? Only being carried away while writing at my computer – and forgetting to stretch my ageing legs.
How did you research your book? By reading fictional and factual spy stories to get inspiration and ideas for new stories which I can then develop against the background of my personal experiences and worldwide travels over many years.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? A “plotter” in the sense of creating the outline story idea – but then a “pantser” in letting my imagination develop the story as I write… and not even knowing exactly how it will end until I get there!
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why? None that I can think of! All my favourite fiction is set in THIS world.
If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why? George Smiley (by John le Carre). He is a mysterious man who knew much but said little – and with whom a series of long, private conversations as a friend would be revealing and intriguing!
About the Author
Peter Marshall was born in Wiltshire, educated at Trowbridge High School and began his professional life as a reporter with the Bath & Wilts Chronicle at the age of sixteen, a career which was interrupted by National Service when he joined the Royal Navy. Marshall gained an RNVR commission and served as a Sub-Lieutenant based in Portsmouth and Germany for two years, followed by seven years as a reserve officer.
He moved to Portsmouth and was Deputy Naval Correspondent for the Portsmouth Evening News before becoming a freelance reporter, representing most of the UK national press. He also worked for the BBC as a reporter on radio and TV before joining the BBC staff as a News Editor. He then moved to Visnews, a BBC subsidiary which provided TV news coverage for broadcasters around the world, where he became Executive Editor and then General Manager. During this period, he was elected as Chairman of the Royal Television Society in 1986.
At Visnews (which later became ReutersTV) Marshall played an instrumental and early role in developing the use of satellites for global news coverage, which led him to work in the United States for fourteen years, firstly with INTELSAT and then as President of Keystone Communications (now part of France Telecom’s Globecast network). While in the USA, he served as President of the SSPI (Space and Satellite Professionals International) and on his retirement, he was elected to the Society’s “Hall of Fame” in recognition of his pioneering role in the development of satellite services for international broadcasters.
In his retirement years, Peter Marshall has returned to his “roots” as a journalist, working as co-author and editor of numerous books related to the satellite and space industry with the acclaimed American space scientist and futurist Dr. Joseph Pelton. He went on to write two biographies and a travel book before turning to fiction and drawing on some of his past experiences for this, his first novel.
He now lives in Gillingham, Dorset, where he is currently busy working on a sequel to “The Russian Lieutenant” (as well as editing another biography!).